We all have them. Those moments when we realize we’ve taken some of life’s most miraculous moments for granted. I’ve been blessed to bring home four healthy baby boys. Fairly uneventful beyond the profound wonder that is birth.
Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, if you’re interested in promoting creativity, problem solving, curiosity, critical thinking, and tinkering in the lives of the children you love and teach, then get ready —- you’re going to love Rachelle Doorley’s new book,Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors(*affiliate link).
I promise I didn’t read ahead!
But I’ve written quite a few posts recently that dovetail right in with what Heather Shumaker wrote in this next section of her book, It’s OK Not to Share (*affiliate link). So when I hopped in to read this section, it was another “Amen” session for me!
It’s funny how we often debate things with a black/white, either/or paradigm.
Like whether preschool is for play or learning, for instance.
Or order vs chaos. (Controlled chaos for me, please.)
Or a little bit country vs a little bit rock n roll.
Or arts and crafts.
Yes, for many in the early education/child development world, the debate about arts and crafts rages on, with nary a UN negotiator to step in and help.
Like most debates, however, camping out in either extreme generally misses the point.
Here’s the promised second installment from the fabulous Beryl Young, creator of Momtographie*. (Find Part 1 here.)
Weapon play. Gender-Bender play. These are the play themes that press against our comfort zones and challenge our perspectives.
And they’re topics that author Heather Shumaker isn’t afraid to jump right in on in her book, It’s OK Not to Share (*affiliate link).
Happy Mother’s Day!
As I’ve mentioned before in an old post of mine that’s been making the rounds again, Mother’s Day is a wonderful chance to celebrate all the amazing, selfless things moms do every day. But for some moms, it can also be day-long guilt-fest, comparing our own short-comings to an imaginary “Mother’s Day Mom” ideal. We see a composite view of strangers’ best qualities and compare that against our own shortcomings, which are all too familiar.